Livestock technology groups to be established in SA

LIVESTOCK producers are set to benefit from the creation of at least 10 regional Producer Technology Groups which will help producers upskill and implement the latest in agricultural technology.

Expressions of interest are being sought from producers wanting to be involved in the program, which is part of the state government's $7.5 million commitment to growing the red meat and wool sector.

Acting Primary Industries Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the Red Meat and Wool Growth program would lay a solid foundation for rebuilding the state's herd and flock post drought and bushfire.

"Key focuses include enhancing business resilience, improving cattle and sheep quality and productivity, improving on-farm decision making and enhancing biosecurity," he said.

"Our red meat and wool sectors typically generate $2.4 billion each year in production and processing revenue and $1.5 billion in exports, as well as supporting 30,000 jobs.

He said the groups would allow growers to support each other in a number of areas. "They will be given the tools to improve the productivity, efficiency and profitability in their businesses," he said.

"We are seeking interest from any interested producers or established groups of producers who are interested in participating in this initiative. At least ten livestock technology groups will be established across the state over the life of the program."

Expressions of interest are open until 5pm, Friday, March 13.

For information or an EOI form visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/redmeatandwool